February 1, 2010

MSU trying to overcome outside woes

Mississippi State snapped a two-game losing skid Saturday with a low-scoring win over a hapless LSU team.

Even with the win the Bulldogs outside shooting woes continued shooting just 31.8-percent behind the arc. MSU was once the top 3-point shooting squad in the SEC but have fallen to second place overall in the standing trailing Kentucky.

"Shooting is a fragile thing sometimes," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "It would be different if you had good shooters taking bad shots but the last two games we've had good looks. In the second half (Saturday) we got some good looks and knocked some down. We scored better in the second half here against LSU but to be honest we have lost some of that confidence shooting. That's something that you've just got to fight through and find ways to do other things when it is not going."

The Bulldogs have shot just 22-percent from downtown over the last four games and have just a 2-2 record to show for it. The funk from the outside has cause Mississippi State to score in more traditional ways of late.

"I think we are limited a little bit with how many different ways we can score," Stansbury said. "Naturally you want to try to get the ball in there to Jarvis as much as you can. I think there is one guy that has continued to get better off the bounce has been Ravern Johnson. He's been a guy that has put it on the floor and that's what you have to do sometimes."

Johnson has been the Bulldogs threat from 3-point range for the last two seasons but has made only three of his last 22 trey attempts but has still managed to average 12.8 points during that four-game span.

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